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    Making Pop Radio Melodies and Chords

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    I've been producing for a while and think I can do most things somewhat well. I am trying to get more into Pop music. However, when I listen to some of my tracks they don't neccesarily sound like a song that would be on the radio.

    I think my drums are good, I can make the mix sound good, but the melodies/chord progressions/bassline don't always sound Pop-ish or like a commercial melody you'd hear on a pop song or on the radio. Should it be less melodic, should there be certain progressions?

    If anybody has any tips on making the melodies/chords/basslines more Pop-ish, radio sounding I'd appreciate it. thanks

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    any suggestions?

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    One thing you could try is just building around the I-V-vi-IV (1-5-6-4) chord progression. It's used in a LOT of pop music. And of course... study the top 50 global charts on spotify and just try recreating the melodies, basslines and chord progressions you're hearing - note for note. Not to use in your own beats, but to get an idea of how they work.

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    Melodies are tough. There are some basic ideas you can follow, but even so it's pretty tough to create a truely amazing melody.

    The basics are:

    - Important notes (long notes, notes at the end of phrases, notes on strong beats like beat 1 and 3) should be part of the chord.

    - You shouldn't make leaps of a seventh (10 or 11 semitones) of an augmented fourth (six semitones)

    - Big leaps should be compensated for by the next note being in the opposite direction

    - Have a balance of moving up and down the scale 1 note at a time and moving by leaps
    Last edited by scrapheaper; 02-25-2018 at 02:30 AM.

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